What is “Academy”?
This may be a stupid question, but I never showed as a younger rider so it never really mattered to me to find out before. But I had a conversation with some folks last week and we were talking about how to make shows more friendly to backyard owners. One idea that was suggested was to have more Academy classes. It was implied that other breeds have thriving Academy programs, and if we were to follow suit it might bump up the participation at shows. I feel ignorant asking this, but I don’t really even know what that means.
In doing a bit of web searching, I did come across a website for the National Academy Championships. But nothing jumps out at me for defining what “Academy” is, and I’m too lazy to dig through it and find out what exactly constitutes an Academy Program/class. Are there breed/discipline specific things, or is it strictly focused on riders? What’s the scoop here?